The Potter and Clay

The Potter and Clay -

If you’ve watched a potter make a clay pot on a potter’s wheel, you remember how fascinating it is. You see the wheel turn around, as the potter’s hands patiently shape the clay. The clay stays soft and pliable as the potters’ hands are dipped into water; the wheel’s motion assists the formation of a masterpiece.

Similarly, God’s hands form us into a vessel fit for serving Him as life’s motion assists in our development. To stay moldable to the Potter’s touch, it helps to remind ourselves of His love. We must remember – although we might not trust His hand, we can always trust God’s heart.

Sometimes God reminds us we are not in charge through circumstances spinning out of control. Is. 29:16 says; “You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay! Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, ‘He did not make me?’ Can the pot say of the potter, ‘He knows nothing?’”

My emotions were raw and some days ran the gamut from giddy highs to desperate lows, in the days, weeks, and months following the tragic day my first husband, Pastor Paul, was killed in a motorcycle accident. Yet my circumstances were impounded and surrounded with God’s love, the prayers and presence of His people encompassed me in a powerful way. I didn’t want God’s hand to shape my understanding of grief and loss in this way. One day, I finally submitted to His plan, I said, “Ok, I will let you redirect my life and allow you to heal my broken heart and wounded soul however you wish. Make me more like Jesus.”

I am thankful to say God has given me a sensitive heart that cares for the grieving, the widow and the orphan because I sought healing through Him. This happened when I submitted to the Potter’s authority and looked at my life through His eyes, because He allowed me to heal, I can relate to each of these situations.

If we remain pliable in the hand of the Potter, desiring to be conformed into the image of His son, this is allows Him to shape us and make us into a new creation. Our responsibility is to have a regular prayer time and Bible study. When you sit alone with God, you begin to observe His ways are not your ways. Giving leadership to God is not easy, but it is best. When we choose to obey God, to do things His way and not ours, we are under His authority and find true liberty.

True freedom, healing and transformation is entirely possible when we submit to His control. Is. 30:15 says, “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.”

Let’s pray, “Father, it’s a privilege to be molded into a vessel that is fit for your use. I thank you for shaping me and making me into a vessel worthy of being filled with the holy contents of the Holy Spirit. Keep me pliable and receptive to whatever you have planned for my future. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

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